Wayne William Dorale was born Aug. 20, 1931, in Battle Creek, the son of William and Emma (Krueger) Dorale. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lawton.
Wayne graduated salutatorian of his class from Lawton High School in 1949. He later attended Iowa State University where he studied agriculture.
On Oct. 22, 1950, Wayne and Gwendolyn M. DeJong were united in marriage at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lawton. The couple farmed near Lawton for three years prior to moving to a farm north of Kingsley. Wayne and Gwen would spend the rest of their lives on that farm where they raised their family. Gwen died May 27, 2007.
Wayne was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Kingsley. He played on the church bowling team, dart ball and taught Sunday School for more than 20 years. He also did snow removal at the church as well as participating in the voter's assembly and finance committee for more than 10 years. He used his woodworking abilities to construct a new altar and banner holders for the church.
Along with being a skilled woodworker, Wayne enjoyed rebuilding cars with his son Gordon. In his spare time he listened to polka music, enjoyed mowing and loved to read the Sunday comics.
His two great passions in life were his family and farming.
Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his children, Ruth Yoerger and her husband, Gordon of Merrill, Sharon Stenum and her husband, Bob of Sioux City, Carol Anderson of Le Mars, Calvin Dorale of Lawton, Janet Dorale-Hampf and her husband, Dieter of Lawton, and Peggy Christenson and her husband, Mike of Hutchinson, Minn.; a special friend, Phyllis Prodehl of Moville; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his beloved cat "Tiny Dog."
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gwen; son, Gordon; an infant son Doug; and a son-in-law, Arden "Lefty" Anderson.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Kingsley. The Rev. Duane Miesner will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.